Note from BW of Brazil: Well, how about some good news for a change? With all of the racism, police occupations, the economic crisis, Affirmative Action fraud artists, the destroying of Afro-Brazilian spiritual centers and other issues, sometimes it’s cool to cover a story that, for some, would be considered frivolous. Two young black Brazilians who recently won a contest, basically, due to their looks. It may seem frivolous, but in many ways, it’s not, as it’s only been in recent years that large numbers of Afro-Brazilians have been standing up and telling the world that they are in fact black AND beautiful!
Look at them! Meet the winners of Afro Fashion Day in the neighborhoods
Courtesy of Correio 24 Horas
The diversity of the black Soteropolitana (native of Salvador, Bahia) youth set the tone for the grand finale of the selective non-agency models for the 2017 edition of Afro Fashion Day, an event of the Correio newspaper celebrating the month of Black Consciousness. On October 30th, at the Goethe-Institut, in the Corredor da Vitória region of Bahia’s capital city, the great winners charmed jurors and the public: Luciana Dantas, 15, and Ivan Lima, 17. She: plus size. He: androgen. Both drew attention for the firmness of their steps and striking beauty and won the disputed contest against 29 other candidates.
In addition to the place on the catwalk, the winners won two vouchers worth R$ 1,000 (one thousand reais) each at the BellaCor cosmetic clinic, specialized in black skin, and a photo essay with the studio of Cláudio Colavolpe (Photos of Angeluci Figueiredo)
Luciana, a resident of Trobogy, didn’t believe she would make it to the parade. After all, 500 people were registered in the five selective events that took place, from August to October, in five neighborhoods of Salvador (Liberdade, Itapuã, Plataforma, Bonfim and Cajazeiras). “There were many people … I was very happy about the result. They didn’t follow the standards of old. I will like to represent black, fat and bald women,” said the teenager who participated in the Plataforma selective and also wants to study chemistry. The mother of the champion, Mrs. Ana Angelica, 51, was in the audience and was touched by the moment that the novice master of ceremonies, the businesswoman and stylist Najara Black, announced the victory of her daughter. “I’m very surprised. It’s hard to even talk. I’m through,” she said.
The other champion, Ivan, always wanted to be a model and sees this as his only way. “It’s what I’ve always wanted. I do not think I’m going to be able to sleep today. There were lots of people participating. I don’t yet know how to react. It’s a dream,” said the teenager who lives in Ribeira. He attended the selection of Bonfim and from the beginning was very determined and secure in pursuit of his goal: to parade on the catwalk of Afro Fashion Day.
Besides the place on the catwalk, the winners won two vouchers worth R$ 1,000 (one thousand reais) each at the BellaCor esthetic clinic, specializing in black skin, and a photo essay with the studio of Cláudio Colavolpe, a photographer who was one of the seven jurors of the night, along with Pepê Santos, booker of the One Models Bahia agency, Dani Brugni, model, Fagner Bishop, AFD fashion producer, Dino Neto, TV Bahia makeup artist, Leo Amaral, fashion designer of BAZAR and Gabriela Cruz, publisher of content projects for Jornal Correio and curator of Afro Fashion Day.
This year, AFD’s theme is the four elements of nature (air, water, fire and land) and will have around 90 people on the catwalk, among models and guests, celebrating Afrobahian culture with looks from 40 local brands: Adriana Meira Atelier; Aládio Marques; Atelie Casa Linda; Black Atitude; Boutique Negralá; By Aninha; Cabeça Feita Turbantes; Candida Specht; Carol Barreto; Closet Clothing; Com Amor, Dora; Crioula; Cynd Biquínis; Euzaria; Goya Lopes; inCID; Ismael Soudam; Jeferson Ribeiro; Ju Fonseca; Karol Farias; Katuka; Kelba Varjão Deluxe; Luciana Galeão; Meninos Rei; Mônica Anjos; Moringa Label; N’ Black; Negrif; Outerelas; Porto de Biquíni; Preta Brasil; Sonbrille; Sou Diva – Tá Bom Pra Você?; Tempt; Turbanque; João Damapeju; Jorge Nascimento; Negafulô; Rey Vilasboas; Soul Dila.
This year, the event will be on Saturday, November 18, and will take place in Porto Salvador (Avenida da França, 393, Comércio). There will also be, from 10am to 8pm, an exhibition, a collaborative shop, chats and cultural events. Afro Fashion Day is put on by the Correio newspaper, with institutional support from the Municipality of Salvador, sponsorship of Avon and support of Senac and Calçados Beira Rio.
Source: Correio 24 Horas